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Population of cervidae animals on the rise in Lithuanian forests


The efforts by the Ministry of Environment in order to protect wildlife resources, increase in fines and damages, and advanced control of users of hunting areas were not in vain.

Overview of data submitted by hunters suggests a rather positive outcome: the population of cervidae (with hunting permitted) in Lithuania has increased considerably, compared to the previous open season. Compared to 2015, the population of fallow-deer in 2016 in Lithuania increased by over 600 individuals; estimated population of moose increased by almost 1,300 individuals, population of red deer increased by 2,800 individuals, while the population of roe-deer has increased by as much as 10,000.

Hunting of all animals in the cervidae family is strictly limited. Users of hunting areas require hunting licences; this number inter alia depends on the population of animals available for hunting in a certain territory. Please remember that currently hunting of the animals in the cervidae family is not permitted. Open season for male roe-deer starts as late as 15 May, and only available to hunters engaged in selection, while open season for female roe-deer and cubs, as well as other animals in the cervidae family starts in autumn only.

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Minister of Environment of Lithuania Kęstutis Navickas
Minister of Environment of Lithuania Kęstutis Navickas